Eastside Trail in Jeopardy

The Seattle Times reported Saturday that King County Executive Ron Sims and the Port of Seattle no longer agree on the future of BNSF Railway’s Eastside rail line.

The original plan would have The Port purchasing the 42-mile rail line between Renton-to-Snohomish and leasing the southern portion to King County for a hiking and biking trail, in exchange for property on Harbor Island an input on the future of Boeing Field. But with support from citizen’s groups, The Port is now researching the feasibility of running diesel passenger trains on the line, seemingly abandoning the idea of a trail altogether.

The trail would have connected several others serving the area, to create a 125-mile network of recreational trail. Certainly this story is just beginning, and we can expect more information in weeks to come.

Being Evel

I spent a better part of my youth on a Sears bike trying to jump and crash like Evel Knievel – him and the Bionic man were my heroes, later it was rock n roll.

Reading about his death brings back all kinds of memories of why I even ride a bike.

More from the NYTimes and NPR.

Bike Hugger LDN

I’m in London next week for business and will ride all over the place. Any of our readers across the pond got some tips or want to meet up for some coffee and a ride?

In preparation for the trip, I’ve been reading the BBC, weird stuff and gossip on the Daily Mail, listening to LDN from Lily Allen, Goldie Looking Chain (You Knows It!), and reruns of Are You Being Served.

BMX Sound Systems in the New York Times

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There’s an interesting article in the Grey Lady today about some bicycle culture popping up in NYC all the way from South America. Guyanese and Trinidadian youth are loading down their rides with batteries and speakers – 5,000 watts worth of loud! – and cruising the neighborhood.

It’s great to see this taking off in the youth as an organic outgrowth of their culture, I don’t think it’ll be long before we see this around a bit more broadly. I always enjoy a ride with tunes, and wearing ear-buds is a bit too dangerous and anti-social (especially as I’m ringing my bell before I pass you on the left, eh?). I’ve been hauling around the big-a** boombox on my xtracycle for a while now, but it doesn’t have quite the oomph I’m looking for. I’m still considering some ‘motorcycle speakers’ and a small battery for the next RideCivil event. But these kids have clearly got it wired. As does D.J. Fossil Fool.

So Huggers – what do you do for sound? Would you ever install speakers on your bike? Enough that you’d need training wheels like the dudes in NYC?

A True Bike Hugger

Ana bought her husband a Bike Hugger jersey and wrote this about it

I purchased a Bike Hugger jersey for my husband and he used it at his last cyclocross race… thank you for making such a great product - it’s been through mud, blood, and mountains, and it’s in PERFECT shape. Mike, my husband, loves his bikes and loves this jersey as it epitomizes who he is: a true bike hugger.

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Her husband Mike had this to say

… this is the best quality material: it’s durable, great for hot and cold weather, and love the full-length, high-quality zipper with the plastic border on the inside really keeps the jersey in place.  After many falls, this jersey is TOUGH! and the only thing to stick to it is me! neither mud nor blood will, though. Finally, I love the logo, and if they could, all my bikes could attest to that.”

Mike is wearing the jersey in every race and it’s his unofficial team jersey; he’s his own team. Hincapie Sportswear makes those jerseys for Bike Hugger and that’s a testament to their work.

Right on Mike, but you’re not on your own. We consider you part of Team Bike Hugger.

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